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April 22 Baseball and Softball Recaps

Friday’s baseball and softball recaps.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Elk County Catholic rallied from a mid-game 8-3 deficit to pick up a 10-8 road win over Bradford.

The Crusaders found themselves down five after three innings thanks to a four-run first and a three-run second for the Owls, but scored three times in the fourth and five more times in the fifth to turn the game around.

Brad Dippold was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI for ECC, while Gabe Kraus was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Dan Stauffer also had a pair of hits for the Crusaders, while Eric Gerber did nice work in the nine-hole going 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Nate DaCanal scored twice.

Bradford hit three home runs in a losing effort with Bryce Skaggs, Andrew Bacha and Connor Vecellio all going deep for the Owls. Skaggs finished with three RBIs and two runs scored, Vecellio was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored and Bacha was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Also for Bradford, Adam Cary went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Ross Brennen got the win in relief of Alex Dattoli, who surrendered all three long bombs. Brennen quitted the Owls’ bats throwing five innings and allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Dattoli gave up seven runs, six earned, in two innings of work on four hits and two walks while striking out two.

Bacha suffered the loss in relief. He gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out one in three innings of work. Vecellio started and went four innings giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits and six walks while striking out two.


STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Sam Leadbetter threw a five-hit masterpiece to lead Clarion-Limestone to a 2-1 win over visiting Union.

Leadbetter allowed one unearned run in seven innings while striking out 11. He didn’t walk a batter. He also helped himself with an RBI double to left in the third inning.

Union tied the game at one with an unearned run in the fifth on a passed ball, but the Lions quickly went back ahead in the bottom of the fifth on a double to center by freshman Colby Himes.

Leadbetter finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and the RBI. Taylor Smith added a triple and a run scored.

Dana Logue was 2-for-3 for Union.

Hank Murphy and Lucas Bowser both pitched well for the Golden Knights.

Murphy went the first three innings allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four.

Bowser came in in the fourth and took the loss allowing one run on four hits and no walks while striking out two.


WILCOX, Pa. – Noah Strickland, Jake Terry and Avery Francisco each had three hits to help visiting Curwensville to a 9-3 win over Johnsonburg.

Strickland was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, Terry was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI and Francisco, hitting ninth, was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

RJ Olson added a pair of RBIs for the Golden Tide, who also got two hits from Austin Butlin.

Josh Raubenstrauch led Johnsonburg going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Ben Ames also had a double, and Johnny Mitchell scored twice.

Strickland got the win going six innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Bryce Timko pitched a scoreless seventh striking out two.

Justin Kasmierski suffered the loss going five innings and allowing nine runs, four earned, on 12 hits while striking out two. Ames pitched two scoreless innings of relief allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one.



CLARION, PA. – Cortney Claypoole hit a home run and a triple to lead Moniteau to a 6-0 win at Clarion.

Claypoole was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs.

Kennedy DeMatteis, meanwhile, was again strong with the bat and in the circle.

Dematteis was 2-for-4 with a run scored and threw a complete-game shutout giving up three walks and striking out 13.

Alazia Greaves added a pair of hits and two runs scored.

Maya Thornton was 2-for-3 to lead Clarion.


BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Maddie Williams singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh in the first game, while a 10-run sixth inning in the nightcap broke things open helping Clarion-LImestone sweep a doubleheader from Brookville, 5-4 an 18-7 in six innings.

In the first game of what was a makeup game of a previous rainout at C-L, the Lady Lions tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth before Williams singled in Alyssa Kiser for the game-winner in the seventh.

Maddy Craig, Sadie Mahle, Kyser and Williams all had two hits for C-L with Kiser, the winning pitcher, doubling in two runs in the third inning.

Brookville got three hits from Elaina Powell, including a triple and two-run inside-the-park homer. Carlie McManigle and Jordan MacWilliams each had two hits.

In the second game, the Lady Lions played most of the game with eight legal hitters and nine legal fielders because of losing two players who had to leave for another school function and the misinterpretation of the designated player rule by head coach Abby Heller. The result was a vacancy in the No. 9 spot which resulted in four automatic outs.

However, the four outs didn’t stop the Lady Lions from scoring 18 runs, including 10 in the sixth inning that broke open an 8-7 lead for C-L at the time.

Kiser finished off her big day at the plate and busy day on the mound, going all 13 innings for the Lady Lions in the two wins. In the second game, she went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in. She doubled in a run and hit a two-run inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning.

Megan Schimp and Abby Carl also had three hits apiece for the Lady Lions. Carl hit a bases-loaded triple in the sixth as well. McManigle and Laken Hergert each had two hits for Brookville.